(28-September-2015 / VOA)
Rights and democracy groups say Cambodians are not being protected by the constitution, which has been routinely violated by all three branches of government.
Most recently, a series of laws was passed that gives much control over the judiciary to the executive branch’s Ministry of Justice, in a court system that was already widely seen as biased and corrupt.
Meanwhile, the rights of assembly and free speech are routinely ignored, as police and other forces crack down on demonstrations, activists are jailed, and critics of the government are silenced.
Am Sam Ath, lead investigator for the rights group Licadho, said the constitution also provides for the right to land ownership for Cambodian citizens, but that is not happening, either. “We’ve seen that some citizens suffered from evictions, and others are arrested or imprisoned,” he said.